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Ingleborough Hall Outdoor Education Centre

What will students see and do?

Ingleborough Hall Outdoor Education Centre is an historic lodge surrounded by acres of private grounds in the picturesque village of Clapham in North Yorkshire.

This venue sits just inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, at the foot of Ingleborough hill. The area is home to many of the most famous caves in England, including the Ingleborough Show Cave.

The Hall itself dates to 1847 when the Farrer family of London owned it. They used it as a hunting lodge and country home. The Grade 2 listed building includes an icehouse, underground tunnel and eight acres of rich woodlands and formal gardens.

Today, Ingleborough Hall is an outdoor learning centre under the management of Bradford Council. It offers a variety of adventure activities and lessons for students on schools trips and residentials. Some of the daytime activities available for school groups visiting Ingleborough Hall include:

– Caving
– Gorge scrambling
– Bouldering
– Abseiling
– Bushcraft and shelter building
– Orienteering
– Geocaching
– Village study
– Team building and problem-solving exercises
– Ingleborough Hill walk
– Nature trail walks
– Tree climbing
– River study

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun dips below the horizon. Evening activities include:

– Campfire and BBQ
– Nightline (a sensory deprivation exercise)
– Night-time trail walking
– Country dancing
– Games

For many students, a school residential at Ingleborough Hall will offer their first away-from-home experience, providing the perfect opportunity for them to become more independent.

Teaching resources provided

Centre staff will work with you to design a bespoke programme that supports the national curriculum and your educational goals. A pre-visit to the Ingleborough Hall Outdoor Education Centre is strongly recommended.

The instructional team at Ingleborough Hall has created various worksheets featuring activities for students to try before and after your visit. Enquire with the centre to determine which will best suit your group.

Minimum and maximum group size

Ingleborough Hall can accommodate up to 112 people for overnight stays, including teachers and other adult supervisors.

The maximum group size for specific activities is dependent on which activity you choose. There is a 1:10 instructor-to-pupil ratio for most activities, but some activities require more instructors.

Vertical caving and rock climbing require a 1:6 ratio plus a competent assistant leader. Single Rope Techniques (SRT) training has a 1:4 ratio.

Details of risk assessment

Ingleborough Hall is an AALA licenced outdoor education centre and an AHOEC Gold outdoor learning centre. It is also Adventuremark accredited by the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC) and holds a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Details of activities, including operating guidelines, are available for download from the website.


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Facilities On-Site

Ingleborough Hall has 112 beds for overnight visits. The building includes lounge spaces, three dining rooms, a tuck shop and a supper bar.

Opening Times

Ingleborough Hall Outdoor Education Centre is open seven days a week. Weekday sessions run midday to midday, Monday to Friday.

Weekend sessions run from Friday afternoon or evening to Sunday afternoon. There is no instruction available on Friday for weekend bookings.



The following per-person prices are based on a group size of 30. All fees are VAT exempt.

Basic residential course prices start at £55 per person per night. This includes waterproofs and boots, all meals and a basic programme of activities. The price for a single-day visitor joining a residential group is £20, with an extra charge for meals.

Some programmes may require additional equipment, transportation and instructors. The cost per additional instructor is £125 for a half-day and £225 for a full day.

Day course prices are £37.50 per person for a full day, with a minimum charge of £275 per instructor. Half-day sessions cost £25 per person, with a minimum charge of £275 per instructor.

To view prices for using the facilities without instruction (for tree climbing or orienteering, for example), visit the website.

Travel arrangements

Ingleborough Hall is about an hour and a half drive from Bradford and Leeds using the A65. It’s two hours from Manchester by way of the M60 and A56.

To reach Ingleborough Hall by car or coach, take the A65 (Skipton to Kendal Rd) and drive to the village of Clapham. Follow the signs for the turn-off between Settle and Ingleton.

From the New Inn side of the bridge (telephone box and Cave Rescue Organisation), follow the minor road past the national park car park. Turn right to go through the gateway and follow the drive to the hall.

Ingleborough Hall can provide transportation to off-site adventure activities sites.


Ingleborough Hall, Clapham, North Yorkshire

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